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Exploring the miniature world

Issue 190: August 2011.
Next update September 13th.


Image left: An example of an attractive and professional micropaleontology slide design by Jay Phillips.



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Issue 190 - August 2011 : Articles this month

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Make your own micropaleontology slides - Jay Phillips (USA) discusses and illustrates how to make various designs of high quality slides. Includes downloadable slide templates. (In Acrobat® pdf format.)

The great age of the Taschenmikroskop, part 2 - R Jordan Kreindler (USA) and Yuval Goren (Israel) present the second part of their series on selected designs of pocket microscopes with a modern assessment of their use. (In Acrobat® pdf format.)

A footnote on Hume - Peter Paisley (Australia) follows up his earlier article on this slide mounter with an aspect prompted by a reader.

A close-up view of a bellflower hybrid - Brian Johnston (Canada) illustrates the macro and microscopic features of this plant.

John Henry Martin 1842 - 1881 - Brian Stevenson (USA) discusses and illustrates aspects of this slide mounter and book author; Martin was the unfortunate recipient of what maybe one of the most barbed book reviews ever published. (In Acrobat® pdf format.)

The poor man's photomacroscope. Part 9 - photo gallery and conclusion - Paul James (UK) concludes his series with striking examples.

Slide maker “WLS” probably William Low Sarjeant, 1851-ca. 1930 -  Brian Stevenson (USA) discusses and illustrates aspects of this mounter's work. (In Acrobat® pdf format.)

The inner epidermis of the onion bulb’s cataphylls (the onion skin). Fixing with alcohols - Walter Dioni (Mexico) continues his series on this popular subject and how it can be used to explore different preparation and staining techniques.

Some ramblings on micro-technique. Part 2: Autumn ponds and ditches - Richard Howey (USA) presents an illustrated essay providing practical advice on this popular aspect of the microscopy hobby.

A close-up view of ''Little Princess" Spirea - Brian Johnston (Canada) illustrates the macro and micro features of this attractive plant.

Notes on a selection of old 'Podura' microscope slides, including two by G A Clout - David Walker (UK) presents examples of this popular test subject and how the slide variants reflect aspects of its history of use.


In Focus: Thank you to David Richman, who writes about an update by he and his co-workers to a valuable online resource - I have officially finished a major revision of Diatoms of the Arid Southwest ... there are well over 700 taxa now represented ... if you know of anyone who knows of any records from Trans-Pecos Texas let me know!

Members of the Cladocera Interest Group UK have now received the final revised edition of the 'Species Checklist for the British Isles' and accompanying explanatory notes; it will be shortly freely available on the website. The website is an invaluable resource for this easy to access but surprisingly little reported group (i.e. the 'waterfleas'). There is plenty of scope for the dedicated hobbyist to make a meaningful contribution to an understanding of British Cladocera distribution.

Nikon Small World Photomicrography Competition 2011 'Popular Vote Contest' - the successful placings in this year's competition have been announced and feature in an online gallery to allow a 'Popular Vote' before the judges' decision is announced later this year. Many congratulations to those with placings. Micscape contributors who achieved placings are Wim van Egmond, Gregor Overney and Ian Walker.


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External links. Below are some of our favourites, which includes sites with extensive links and/or resources for the optical microscopy enthusiast.

External Microscopy forums:
Places to discuss the hobby or to raise queries.

www.amateurmicrography.net forums, galleries, articles on macroscopy and photomicrography.

www.quekett.net/forum/index.php forum for both Quekett Microscopical Club members and other enthusiasts.

sci.techniques.microscopy (spoilt by excessive spam nowadays)

Yahoo groups: a ' P' denotes current and archived messages are public i.e. not limited to members.
'Amateur Microscopy' P (started November2008)
'Yahoo Diatom Forum' P
' Microscope 'P (>1500 members, very active)
' Microscopes '
'Microscopehobby' P (started Apr 2005)
'RealMicroscopy' P
(started Sep 2005)
Óptica Roma foro Microscopía' for Spanish speakers
' Wild M20 microscope '
' Nikon Coolpix photomicro and macrophoto '
' microcosmo ' ( for Italian speaking enthusiasts)
' CombineZ ' P stacking software forum created by the software's author

Mikroskopie-Treff.de (Extensive German microscopy forum; some English categories.)
Mikrobiologische Vereinigung München e. V. W ide range of articles and resources in German.
Le Naturaliste French based forum and image gallery for micro / macro but open to non French speaking international contributors.

Other sites
Clubs / Socs (Pro/Am) Mic-UK links page
Light Microscopy Forum links and articles
Little Imp Publications public domain books on CD, subscribe to 'The Amateur Diatomist' paper magazine. (Hosted by Savona Books).
Mikroskop Museum German website with resources on microscopes / makers .

Molecular Expressions awesome optical microscopy resources
Dennis Kunkel's SEM images stunning images
Diatoms Ireland - resource site by Leszek Wolnik
Leitz museum an illustrated resource compiled by Robert Allen

Microbe hunter a free monthly microscopy enthusiast magazine edited by Oliver Kim
Microscopies online magazine and Forum for French speakers
Micrographia articles, projects for the enthusiast
Microscopy Today
paper journal with online archive
Modern Microscopy
online journal by McCrone Group
Fun Science Gallery projects, articles on optics
G. Couger's microscopy links extensive links
Society for Amateur Scientists resources and support
A Cabinet of Curiosities a resource on Victorian microscope slides by Howard Lynk
www.viewsfromscience.com projects e.g. chilled stage for crystal growth studies and LED fluorescence
'Diatoms Ireland' resource by Leszek Wolnik
Historical makers of microscopes and microscope slides Brian Stevenson's extensive resource on Victorian slide makers

Web rings
Lightscapes polarised light macroscopy/microscopy, both artistic and scientific.

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